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Oscar M

Oscar M

Name: Oscar Manjengwa
Age: 22
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Reading
Campaign: To encourage young people to find positive role models

For me, it was finding a positive role model that helped me turn my life around.

 

I’d needed to ask for direction and with a bit of support I was able to follow my ambitions.

 

When I was younger I was excluded from school.

 

I was in a group where the more you went against authority, the better you looked in front of your peers. That led me into situations I didn’t want to be in.

 

But, after meeting a local businessman and youth mentor I started an organisation called Always Showing Talent to help young people engage in positive activities like sport and media production.

 

Now, with the help of Fixers, I’d like to create a film to show other young people the benefits of seeking out a positive role model.

 

I hope that by encouraging them to find someone to look up to that they’ll be inspired and will go on to do great things.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Tashinga Muchapondwa Damani Wood
Bruno Locatelli Ian Clarke
Claudia Gridelli Ashley Holmes
Jacob Gabriel Matthew Cox
Daniel Johnson Silva Pius
Jimmy Lelong Owen Nyakuwanikwa
Tamuka Muchapondwa Adonis Fuyana

Essex Road Boxing Gym
Trevor Francis, owner and trainer at the boxing gym, is supporting my Fixers project. He allowed my team and I to film there.

 

Keith Seville
Keith, who is a mentor to young people and publisher of Today Magazine, has been supportive throughout my Fix. He agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.

 

Reading College
Creative Media students at Reading College and their Course Leader, Nigel Roper, are supporting my project. They worked with me on my Fixers film. We also shot scenes for my broadcast piece at the college.

 

The Oracle
The team at The Oracle shopping centre support my Fix. They allowed us to film scenes for my broadcast piece there.

June 2014
I was invited to speak to a group of young people who, for one reason or another, are facing challenges at school.  

The event was organised by the Business in the Community charity in order to introduce the pupils to positive role models.

I was one of a number of speakers asked to share my experiences with around 30 students at Archbishop Tenison’s School in Lambeth in London.

 

Oscar joins two other guest speakers to address the students

 

I explained how school was for me, urging them not to miss the opportunity to make the most of their education. I also spoke about my Fixers campaign and showed my film.

It was fantastic and definitely something I’d like to do again!
 

We received some great feedback following the event. The young people said they now realised they had choices in life, adding that they believed it was important to think about their decisions and listen to others.

 

March 2014

I hosted an open mic event to promote my Fixers film at Mojo's Bar in Reading University on Saturday 22nd March. The evening played host to musicians and artists as well as an audience of young people who called my Fixers campaign inspirational.

 

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